Rose Karpinski

Rose Karpinski | PhD Student, REMADE



I am a first year PhD candidate student between the University of Reading and the Ashmolean Museum. My project is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Collaborative Doctoral Partnerships (CDP) scheme. The project aims to provide an entirely new insight into the production and circulation of metalwork in the middle and upper Thames Valley during the Iron Age period, using an integrated characterisation approach to Iron Age metallurgy. This will address this major knowledge gap by developing an interdisciplinary approach that draws on archaeology and chemistry to answer vital questions at multiple scales about Iron Age societies in Britain. Resulting in the creation of new datasets, novel narratives, and improved methods for the study of Iron Age material culture.


I hold a first-class Bronze Age (Hons) in Archaeology and an MSc in Archaeological Sciences from the University of Bradford. My MSc dissertation investigated Iron Age crucible fragments from the Knowe of Swandro, Rousay, Orkney to establish the composition of copper-alloys being worked. I have participated in multiple seasons of archaeological excavation on the Knowe of Swandro run by the University of Bradford and have a passion for the archaeology of the Northern Isles. I have experience working as both a Heritage Consultant and as a Historic Environment Record Officer.